JACKSON, Mich. – It’s been 38 years since a 6-year-old Michigan girl disappeared, and her mother’s only clue is a sound that briefly woke her up in the middle of the night.
Natasha Marie Shanes was last seen on May 5, 1985, at her home in Jackson.
That night, her mother remembered waking up to the sound of a car door slamming outside her home. She fell back asleep, but when she went to check on her daughter in the morning, the 6-year-old was gone.
The front door of the home was wide open, according to the Michigan missing persons database.
NBC affiliate WILX spoke to Shanes’ mother, Susan Shanes, in May 2018 as she continued to search for answers.
Susan Shanes believes someone took her daughter from their home, according to WILX. Police said they didn’t find any signs of forced entry, and they ruled the case a non-family abduction.
Susan Shanes’ boyfriend was found dead two days after her daughter went missing. He had been shot, and his death was ruled a suicide, but Susan Shanes said she believes he was murdered, WILX reports.
Police haven’t yet been able to connect the two cases.
Multiple searches around the Jackson home and even in other states have uncovered no answers about Natasha Shanes’ disappearance.
Officials believe she disappeared between 1:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. May 5, 1985. She had strawberry blonde hair, brown eyes, and scars on her right cheek and forehead. It’s believed she was wearing blue jeans and a large blue and white shirt with a safety pin on it.
The age progression photos below show what Natasha Shanes would have looked like as a 30-year-old in 2009 (left), a 34-year-old in 2013 (center), and a 39-year-old in 2018 (right).
Anyone with information is asked to call the Jackson Police Department at 517-788-4100.
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